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General News · 1st August 2019
FOCI - Autumn
Then Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI) would like to know! Both of these amazing birds, and Species at Risk, visit the island during the summer months.

Nighthawks are around at the moment, and can be seen 'hawking' for insects in the evening. They can be recognized by their sharp electric 'peent' call. They have unique flying patterns and have a white-band on the undersides of their wings. Typically, they are spotted flying near grasslands and above the treetops. You can find out more about them and listen to their call at this link

We also want to find out about Barn Swallow nests. Have you had barn swallows nesting near your home this summer? Their nest-cups are made out of mud and grass and they love to nest on buildings including barns! You can learn more about them at this link

If you have seen either we would love to hear from you! Please tell us the location, date, time, and how many you have seen, by emailing us at

Happy Birdwatching!